Grounds of Inadmissibility apply to non-citizens who are seeking "admission" to the U.S. "Admission" is the term for a lawful entry into the U.S. that occurs after being inspected by and authorized by an immigration officer. An "Applicant for Admission," refers to:
(1) Non-citizens who arrive at a port-of-entry to the U.S.;
(2) Non-citizens who are already in the U.S. without being lawfully admitted, and;
(3) Nonimmigrants who are in the U.S. and are applying for Adjustment of Status.
If you are inadmissible to the U.S. for any of the following reasons, you may be ineligible to apply for certain immigration benefits and forms of relief. There are exceptions and waivers allowed for certain grounds of inadmissibility. See "Waiver of Inadmissibility," below to learn more.
Illegal Entrants & Immigration Violators
Entry Without Inspection (EWI)
Failure to Attend Removal Proceedings
False Claim to U.S. Citizenship
Fraud or Misrepresentation
Unlawful Presence after Previous Removal from U.S.
Controlled Substance Violations
Crimes involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT)
Drug Trafficking (no conviction required)
Multiple Criminal Convictions with a total aggregate prison sentence of 5 years or more
Prostitution or Commercial Vice
Spouse/ Child of Drug Trafficker Benefited from Drug Trafficking within past 5 years
Spouse/ Child of Human Trafficker Benefited from Human Trafficking within past 5 years
National Security-Related Grounds
Foreign Govt Officials who committed
particularly severe violations of human rights
Membership into Totalitarian Party
Nazis, Participants in genocide, torture or extrajudicial killings
Other Inadmissibility Grounds
Persons Subject to Civil Penalty
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